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Neligh mourns Sydney Loofe — a ‘good friend’ and a ‘very sweet girl’

December 7, 2017

NELIGH, Neb. — Sydney Loofe was “the kind of kid that you wanted in class,” a former teacher recalled on Tuesday as the city mourned the young woman’s death.

Loofe, 24, was “very quiet, very respectful, always had her work done on time, never back-talked,” said Sue Meyer, a longtime Neligh teacher.

Meyer has been retired for three years but had a strong connection to the Loofes — she also taught Sydney’s mother, Susie, then later was a colleague of Susie’s in the Neligh-Oakdale Public Schools.

Susie Loofe taught in the district, and her husband, George, is the principal of Neligh-Oakdale High School.

Meyer said the Loofes — George, Susie, Sydney, Sydney’s older brother Levi and younger sister Mackenzie — were a close, Christian family. Meyer recalled that when the Loofe children were in high school, they would have a family movie night every Sunday and were regular attendees at the Lutheran church.

The Rev. David Kuhfal of Grace Lutheran Church also said Loofe was a pleasure to have in confirmation class as well as youth group.

“She was a very sweet girl, very loving,” he said. “I loved having her in class.”

Meyer had been posting regular prayers on Facebook that Sydney would be found. She teared up Tuesday as she said it didn’t turn out as she had hoped.

“She was a good friend to her friends, and people were nice to her because she was nice to them,” she said.

Loofe’s activities were listed in a 2011 feature on seniors at Neligh-Oakdale High School in the Neligh News and Leader. She played basketball, volleyball and golf, played in the band and performed in one-act plays, and was in Future Business Leaders of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

She listed her greatest challenge as “Going through school with my dad as the principal and my mom as a teacher.” Under “Person you admire most and why,” she listed her parents “for everything they’ve done for me.” She listed her hobbies as hanging out with friends and family, watching movies and TV and being on the computer. And she said that in 10 years, she saw herself “married with a stable job and trying to start a family.”

Correction: This article was updated to correct the name of Sue Meyer.